The Bridgeport Fire Department welcomed 11 new firefighters on Wednesday, and two more were promoted to captain and lieutenant.
Daniel R. Brelsford, Stephen M. Bueda, Sean G. Canfield, Thomas J. Coolidge, Alex R. Gomez, Ryan Kane, James D. Kozlowski, Patrick E. Krompinger, Michael M. Lupa, Myles S. Rich and Derek M. Villani were sworn in Wednesday evening. The new firefighters graduated this month from the Connecticut Fire Academy, according to public information officer Bill Kaempffer.
Salvatore Emanuel was promoted to captain and Michael Donovan was promoted to lieutenant.
“I am always reassured knowing that brave men and women of the Bridgeport Fire Department protect me, my wife and my children while we sleep,” said Mayor Bill Finch, in a statement on Wednesday. “This is a profession where people risk their lives to save strangers and for that you have my gratitude. You have joined a noble profession and an outstanding department here in Bridgeport.”